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For $237 Million of Counterfeit Goods Jalloh Free on 500K Bond But Denied Paper Discovery

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 23 –  Adama Sow and Abdulai Jalloh were arrested on November 15 and charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods.

They were presented in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court and released on $1 million and $500,000 bond respectively. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the SDNY Mag Court. 

 Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger asked why the bond was so high and was told of multiple storage units full of counterfeit goods.

Ms. Sow declined to sign a financial affidavit; Federal Defenders represented her only for presentment. Reference was made to a passport from Guinea, which Sow visited for three weeks in the past year.

 Mr. Jalloh was the last case of the day. A Fulani interpreter was brought in. The AUSA added that the goods in the related cases are worth $237 million. But there are not photographs in the two indictments.

 It being 5:30 pm, Jalloh will have to return to SDNY on November 16 for installation of his GPS location monitoring bracelet.

Jump cut to November 29, when Jalloh was arraigned before Judge Paul A. Crotty. He pleaded not guilty, and a next conference of January 16 at noon was set.

On January 11 Judge Crotty asked for an update. On January 15, MLK Day, the US Attorney's Office wrote in that Jalloh's counsel "is unwilling to accept electronic discovery... Hard-copy discovery has not been produced in this District in many years."

On January 23, Judge Crotty confirmed this - and that Jalloh's counsel says he doesn't ever uses a computer (!) - "Defendant's attorney, Mr. Siegert, objects to the manner of the Government's production, claiming that he has "never used a computer and [does not] know how to." ECF No. 16, at 1. The Defense avers that because the Government has not produced hard copies, "no discovery has been provided," id. at 1, and requests the Court to Order analog discovery pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16(d), id. at 3. For the following reasons, Defendant's request is DENIED."

The cases as US v. Sow, 23-cr-593 and US v. Jalloh, 23-cr-592 (Crotty / Lehrburger)


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